Re: High End Hat Stands....Godsend or Gimmick?
If you have the money for it then get one. I really like my Axis stand, to me, its the best hi-hat stand ever. It has very quick response, super light yet durable, heel splashes take no effort on the longboard, the legs are removable, & it just feels right.
On the other end of the spectrum you have stuff like the Iron Cobra stand. which is pretty heavy, but the strap driven ones are awesome. DW's good too although most are very heavy. There are a lot of very nice HH stands out there. I guess its not for everyone but if you can afford nice gear, why not?
You don't have to have a great hi-hat stand to play music, a cheap one will make it happen. However, as much time as we all spend playing being able to set things to personal preference if nice. I am gonna have to lean towards godsend....maybe that a little strong but I high end gear that is customizable.